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The South Waikato Indoor Pool Complex
The South Waikato Indoor Swimming Pool Complex was built in 1995 and officially opened on 11 February 1996. The doors did however, really open in December 1995!
This complex consists of a main 25 metre by 13.3 metre pool with six lanes. However, provision for eight lanes is provided through extra lane anchors. The depth of the main pool varies from 1.05 metres to 2.2 metres. A tiered leisure pool with graduated depths up to a maximum depth of 0.9 metres consists of a sloping beach entry, waterfalls and bubble jets. There is also a hot spa and exercise spa pool adjacent to one another. The main pool is heated to 29 degrees during winter, the leisure pools are 33 degrees while the spa pool is a relaxing 39 degrees! Another feature is a children's outdoor play area and picnic surrounds adjacent to the building.
The South Waikato Indoor Swimming Pool Complex offers a wide range of programmes and activities which are designed for everyone's fun and enjoyment.
- Learn to Swim
- Water Exercise classes for all
- Teenage Friday Raves
- Free Electric Barbecue Facilities
- School Holiday Programmes
- 'Lap it Up' Lane Swimming
- Fitness Card Workouts
- Three Months Manager's Winter Challenge
- Walking Group
- Celebration Days
- Swim Academy
- Rope Swing
This pool complex was largely paid for by ratepayers through Council. However, some $280,000.00 of the total cost of $2.4 million was funded by community fundraising.
There are a number of procedures in place to ensure the pools can be enjoyed safely:
- The entry policy and supervision standards are in accordance with: Pool Safe, ACC Think Safe, Water Safety NZ and the Recreation Association of NZ
- Chemical Handling Procedures from ORICA, a chemical supplier, are strictly adhered to
- All other policies and procedures have been reviewed and adopted internally. These include an evacuation procedure, behaviour policy, opening/closing procedure, cash handling procedures and health and safety guidelines.
- Weekdays: 5.30am - 8.00pm
- Weekends and Public Holidays: 7.30am - 8.00pm
- Closed: Christmas Day, Good Friday and New Years Day.Opens at 12noon on Anzac Day
Phone: 07 885 0739
The Solar Heating System
If you’re a regular at the South Waikato Indoor Pools, you may like to know that the shower you take after your swim is solar heated. The solar panels which are visible on the roof of the Indoor Pool complex, heat two separate systems, the two family changing rooms and the main male and female changing block.
“In 2007 EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) provided a 50% subsidy towards a feasibility study to establish the economic benefit of installing solar panels,” said James Piddock, Council’s Environmental Monitoring Officer. “The feasibility project showed positive results, so Council progressed the initiative, installing the solar panels in December 2008. Council’s portion of the total cost was only $13,000, thanks to a $12,000 grant from EECA.”
The feasibility study showed that electricity savings will see Council’s portion of the capital cost recovered within six and a half years.
In New Zealand, solar radiation is an abundant energy source. This is a first innovative step towards tapping into the sun’s energy in our homes and buildings, particularly utilising it to provide hot water. Solar water systems have many benefits including providing reliable hot water in times of electricity shortage, lower electricity costs and increasing awareness of a renewable energy resource.
Council reminds the community that it has waived building consent fees for installing solar heating in homes.
You can view real time data of the Tokoroa pools solar hot water system by clcking on the link below. The data will tell you the temperature outside, on the collectors and at the hot water cylinders.